President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail for his friend and Vice President, Joe Biden, on Wednesday to a packed drive-in crowd. While he hit on many topics, his funniest line came when talking about the recent bombshell from The New York Times about Trump and his hidden Chinese bank account, which he had conveniently kept private while blasting Joe Biden because his son Hunter did business in China.
Obama in Philadelphia just now: "A secret Chinese bank account. How is that possible?" pic.twitter.com/8BxUQ81DhF
— The Recount (@therecount) October 21, 2020
On financial disclosures, which Trump did release during his presidential run in 2016, no mention was made of a bank account in China, which Trump didn’t have to reveal in those forms because the account holder is his business and not him personally. On his tax returns, though, returns that Trump has refused to release but were leaked to The New York Times, it shows that Trump made enough money in China to owe more than $188,000 in taxes in 2017. In the United States, Trump paid only $750 in taxes in 2017. Obama pondered what Fox News might have said if the subject of that story were him in 2008 or 2012 during his campaigns.
‘Can you imagine if I had a secret Chinese bank account?…They’d call me “Beijing Barry.”‘
.@Maddow on NYT reporting on Trump-China dealings: "Pres. Trump took nearly $25 million cash from sources linked to China and the Chinese government including a previously secret Chinese bank account just in the first year he was in office as president."https://t.co/ylvezESSRS
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 21, 2020
Obama began his campaign on behalf of Biden in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a swing state where Biden averages a lead of just under five points, which is within the margin of error in many polls. The president told voters that they could count on Biden and that “character matters.”
‘For eight years, Joe was the last one in the room when I faced a big decision. He made me a better president. And he’s got the character and experience to make us a better country.’
Obama at event for Biden: “can you imagine if I had a secret Chinese bank account? … They’d call me Beijing Barry.”
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 21, 2020
Earlier in the day, in a sharp departure from the focus and rhetoric of Donald Trump, President Obama sat for a forum on systemic racism. He reminded the American people that the government is not an entity that is seperate from us, but built and created by us.
‘The truth is I’m very proud of my presidency, but it didn’t immediately solve systemic racism. … What I always tell young people is we did make things better. One of the biggest tricks that’s perpetrated on the America people is this idea that government is separated from you. The government is us — of, by and for the people. It wasn’t always for all of us. But the way it’s designed, it works for who is at the table. And if you do not vote, you’re not at the table.’
Republicans assail Hunter Biden's business ties to China, noting that he opened a Chinese bank account. It turns out Trump himself maintains a bank account in China, according to tax records. @mmcintire @russbuettner @susannecraig https://t.co/lttUbBs8Hr
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) October 21, 2020
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